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Oil spill in Lagos communities as NNPC pipelines rupture

The pipelines are said to connect Atlas Cove in Apapa to Ejigbo and Mosemi both in Lagos and Ogun States respectively.Though, officials of the National…

The pipelines are said to connect Atlas Cove in Apapa to Ejigbo and Mosemi both in Lagos and Ogun States respectively.
Though, officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said the supply sources and valves were shut down by staff of NNPC from Satellite Town area on Monday evening, residents express concern over the likelihood of an explosion following the increased activities of villagers who stormed the area to scoop fuel.
Three fire service trucks from the Lagos State Fire Service Office have since been stationed in the area to fight an inferno if it occurs.
Policemen from both Idimu police station and Area M police command are presently keeping vigil in the area also, Daily Trust gathered.
A resident of the area who identified himself as Okolie Agu alleged that the recent spillage will be second within a period of four months. He said the first spill occurred around November last year.
“When it was noticed, NNPC staff moved in and carried out repair works. It took them weeks before it was stopped, but as you can see, it was not a good job. If not, how can one explain the re-occurrence of the incident few months after it was tackled,” he said.
Another resident, Wilson Olayiwola, who lives at Diamond Estate, alleged that most of the boreholes dug within their estate are filled with petrol as a result of underground leakages.
He alleged that series of letters were written to the management of NNPC in the past and that nothing concrete was done to check it.

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